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Teen Tabea is following in footsteps of fashion's biggest names

SHE is only 16, but Irish model Tabea Weyrauch is already fitting in well with her supermodel colleagues.

Since winning the coveted prize of a contract with IMG models as part of RTE reality show The Model Scouts, the Irish teenager has been thrust into the limelight and now counts Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum and Bar Rafaeli as her co-workers.

She is currently 'in development' with IMG's Paris office and landed a string of editorial work in the French capital, as well as Australia.

But the up and coming beauty admitted she was always 'too shy' to pursue a career on the catwalk, and just fell into the industry.

The statuesque model said that she was sitting at home sick from school one day and jumped at the opportunity to get out and audition for a new show.

"There was this thing on in the at Foyleside Shopping Centre in Derry," she said. "I was actually really sick, and I was just bored being at home all the time, so I went down there.


"I thought it was local, very local, and then there were TV cameras everywhere, and RTE The Model Scouts signs. I was like 'Whoa, what is this?' I was just freaking out in the queue," she said. "I thought, 'seeing as I'm here, I may as well go for it'.

"I had sort of thought about it [modelling], but I don't think I'd have ever acted on it. I think I'd have just been too shy or too embarrassed to actually get started."

During her casting, she was instructed not to alter her image at all -- which included tweezing her eyebrows or cutting her hair.

"I didn't really think much was going to happen. Then, one day, I came home from school and my stepdad, Paul, said, 'Right, calm down. I mean, this may be nothing, so don't be getting overly excited, but The Model Scouts, they want to see you again; you've got on the shortlist of the final 21.'

"I was just, like, trying to contain my screams. I really couldn't chill or keep calm at all. I was really excited," she said.